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Indian River Lagoon

(05/29)
Late May Mosquito Lagoon Report Posted on May 29, 2012 by Capt. Willy Le

The fishing in Mosquito Lagoon a couple weeks ago was a little weird. Plenty of Redfish were around, but they just did not eat as well as they have been in the previous months. Perfect placements with a lure or fly would be rejected by most of the fish. Maybe it was the new moon, or the abundance of mullet around who knows, but I’m glad that things changed for the better this past week! The fish started eating aggressively again and being very cooperative. Water level is high so the fish are more spread out, shorelines and sandbars would be a great place to look. I’ve been having my anglers throw D.O.A. Baitbusters early in the morning and retrieving it on the top resulting in some exciting topwater blow ups by Redfish and big Sea Trout. Once the sun gets a little higher we would switch over to D.O.A. CAL 4″ Jerkbaits rigged weedless. For flies, EP Baitfish patterns, Clousers, Seaducers, and Sliders in tan or white have been doing the job.

Marcella from Elusive Tails Fishing Apparel managed to catch Trout, lady fish and this nice Redfish using D.O.A. CAL 4″ Jerkbaits before we got chased off the water by the rain.

Captain Willy Le
Professional Fishing Guide
Native Fly Charters, LLC.
Cocoa Beach, Florida
(321)303-7805
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Indian River Lagoon

(05/18)
Redfish is the hot topic for this week in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern Indian River. You can find schools of slot sized fish in the 2-3ft depths usually around flats that are holding finger mullet. Topwater lures, gold spoons and weedless jerkbaits have been working well for these fish, and if it's not too grassy try a 1/8 oz. jig head with a shad tail in windier conditions for more accuracy. Bigger fish have been found schooled up on the edges of flats in 3-4ft. Topwater lures have been triggering these fish to bite first thing in the morning, later in the day try jerkbaits in any baitfish pattern and if they don't react to any artificials, you can't go wrong with a live jumbo shrimp or a chunk of mullet or lady fish.

The trout bite still remains good in the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian and Banana Rivers. Make long casts with topwater lures or weedless jerkbaits around mullet pods or flats with sand holes mixed in and you should be in business. The bigger fish are usually in the shallows while the smaller schoolies can be caught at the deep drop offs of most flats.

Fly fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon has been pretty good lately. Tailing reds can be found in the skinny waters and middle bars of the Lagoon early in the morning and late in the afternoons. Crab and shrimp patterns have been working well for me for the tailers but most importantly it's the presentation that catches the fish. You want the fly to land softy past the tail then slide it in position where the head of the fish is then let it fall. Once you see the tail go back down, make small bumps to get the fishes attention. For cruising or schooled up fish, try white clousers or any baitfish patterns.

Tarpon season is just around the corner for our area. They will be showing up in the lagoons, inlets, and off the beaches so dust off those tarpon rods, start tying tarpon flies and sharpen those hooks!

Good Luck out there, be safe, and go catch em'!

-Capt. Willy Le
www.NativeFlyCharters.com

Captain Willy Le
Professional Fishing Guide
Native Fly Charters, LLC.
Cocoa Beach, Florida
(321)303-7805
www.nativeflycharters.com
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Indian River Lagoon

(05/03)
Hot weather means hot fishing, and that's exactly what April has been. The snook bite has been tremendous the past month. In fact, snook numbers have been higher than anytime I can remember since the freeze.

You can't count the redfish out, either. Dock fishing has been great for them, as well. Slot sized redfish are hitting both plastics and live shrimp right now.

Look for docks with structure and shade. I have had the best success skipping either live shrimp or DOA shrimp underneath the docks in late morning to early afternoon for the best success. When fishing docks, make sure to have your drag set a little tighter and hang on!

321-402-9881 Indian River
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Indian River Lagoon

(01/24)
What a week....year.... It has been in East Central Florida. The warm weather has really kept the fish biting, and the water has remained cool allowing the water to be extremely clear. The wind has really died down, lately. We have been having a lot of days with 10mph or less wind.

The redfish are in and hungry. The best time to target reds is between 10am and noon. I like to get out around 8:30 while its still cool and wait for the hot temps to bring the fish up shallow. When the air starts to heat up, so does the fishing. Make sure you have a good pair of polarized sunglasses so you can spot the reds. They will come up shallow as possible to warm up in the sun. Don't overlook 8 inches of water. I've had better results with swimbaits versus shrimp, lately. Remember, if you are sight casting and see a redfish chasing your lure, don't panic. Keep the same retrieve that you always have and don't slow it down.

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"Indian River" Joel
321-402-9881
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Indian River Lagoon

(12/17)
The trout fishing has been amazing all week. There's been a few reds as well, but the trout and ladyfish have been so fierce it's hard not to hook into them.

I've been out on the water the past 5 out of 6 days, and I'll tell you this we've pulled up more trout and ladyfish than empty hooks. I even brought out my fly rod out today and landed fish on probably 75% of my casts. I even caught a ladyfish on a back cast!

The key has been small baits. There's glass minnows galore out right now and the trout are tearing them up. The smaller jig or popper you can get ahold of the better. Small jigs doesn't mean small fish though. There's alot of gator trout out right now!

"Indian River" Joel
321-402-9881
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Indian River Lagoon

(12/09)
When will this wind ever stop blowing? It seems like we haven't had many breaks this year. Don't let that stop you from fishing, though. The redfish bite really picked up this week when we could get out of the wind.

When most people think about redfish, they think flats. Lately, docks have been the place to fish for reds. Skip a DOA or a weightless live shrimp underneath a dock and hold on. There's thousands of docks, which one do I choose? The first thing you have to look at is the wind. You wanna get as far out of it as you can. Causeways and mangroves make great wind blockers. This time of year, the fish aren't getting underneath docks for shade. Your best bet is to find a dock that is falling apart. These make great ambush points for reds, snook, and flounder.

The trout bite has continued to be steady. Throw the same stuff you usually throw at them, just make a slightly slower presentation.

We are still waiting on the flounder to come into the river in good numbers. I'm hearing really good reports out of sebastian, so we should be seeing them really soon.

I'm also hearing about pompano running in the surf, so we may get a few of those in the river as well. I like to throw doc's goofy jigs for pomps in the river or a Carolina rigged (bass style) gulp sandflea in the surf.

"Indian River" Joel
321-402-9881
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Indian River Lagoon

(12/02)
Let's face it, the water is starting to get cold. You want to be able to wade comfortably all day, but wet wading has you getting out of the water every 30 mins. What you need is a pair of waders. You can spend between $40-$700 on a pair of waders. What are the differences between waders?

Neoprene
Neoprene waders are fairly inexpensive and will definitely keep you warm, sometimes too warm. Neoprene is a relatively strong, stretchy material that sticks pretty close to your body. Neoprene comes in a different thicknessess, usually between 3mm-7mm. The thicker you go the warmer you are. Thicker waders are also harder to puncture. I would never go with 7mm in florida, unless you like being really toasty. A disadvantage of neoprene waders is that they dont "breathe" and your sweat stays has no where to escape. Overall they are a good all around choice for most anglers and range from $50-100 in most cases.

PVC/Rubber
Even though PVC and rubber are two different materials, I classified them in the same group because they work basically the same. They are usually pretty cheap and dont breathe at all. PVC waders are lighter weight than neoprene, but do not provide any warmth. Rubber is heavy and is a little warmer than PVC, but still does not compare to neoprene in warmth. They run between $35-70 in most cases

Breathable
Breathable waders are fairly new technology (1990s) compared to neoprene and rubber waders. They allow your body and sweat to breathe when in the water. You can comfortably wear breathable waders in 70 degrees or 10 degrees as long as you layer, accordingly. When breathable waders first came out, they werent very durable. That has all changed in the last 10 years are so, and they are models built for hiking and brush busting. Most breathable consist of either toray fabric (every company has a different name for toray) or Gore-tex. Gore-tex is the more durable and breathable material of the two, but costs quite a bit more. Toray has made many advances and is not too far behind, but it is a little bit heavier. Toray waders run between $80-500 while Gore-tex waders run between $300-700.

"Indian River" Joel 321-402-9881 www.wadefishingflorida.com - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(12/02)
Cool weather has finally come to central FL, and the fish are loving it. This is some great fishing weather, so go get a line wet!

The trout bite has been excellent. Trout over 4lbs have been pretty common over the last week. It's almost like the know they are out of season. Rootbeer colored DOA shrimp have been producing the best for trout.

Redfish have been hitting well, too. There's alot of rats out there, along with some slot sized fish, and a good number of oversized bulls. Live shrimp and cut bait seems to be the ticket for reds right now.

We have got a few flounder of the past week, but look for the bite to pick up with this cold weather. As always, DOA terroreyz are my bait of choice for flounder on sand bottoms. If you're fishing rocks, you are better off with a DOA shrimp.

"Indian River" Joel 321-402-9881 www.wadefishingflorida.com - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(10/29)
The weather and water level has changed alot over the past month and so has the fishing. Overall the fishing was slow in the beginning of the month with the exception of a day or two. The past week has been pretty good for flounder and trout near structure. Look for rocks and docks, but especially rocks. They haven't come in numbers yet, but they are biting. The IRL water level is starting to come back down which concentrates the fish. I am really looking forward to this cold front that is coming up. If the air temp can stay in the low 70s for a few days, then the water will really start to clear up, which will really get the fish going.

What's working? DOA shrimp with an ultra slow retrieve speed. You need to barely bump these shrimp off the bottom for good strikes. Weightless jerkbaits are good if you want to work slow higher in the water column.

"Indian River" Joel
321-402-9881
www.wadefishingflorida.com - Surf Guru - Surf Guru

Indian River Lagoon

(09/30)
I usually write weekly reports, but its been awhile since I have done them so I am going to give you a monthly report for September.

IRL fishing in September can be broken down in 3 different segments. Early Sept., Middle Sept., and Late Sept.

First I want to talk about early September. We had a bunch of storms that really affected the water level and water clarity, which would definitely affect the fishing. I wasn’t really sure if it was going to be a positive effect or negative effect. The only way to tell was to get out on the water and find out. My clients and I did great on the water for snook and reds. There were days when we’d catch 6 snook a person! Snook were so active that they were jumping out of the water to eat our lures. I had one instance where I over casted on the bank and a snook jumped out of the water unto the bank to eat my DOA. Mangroves and shallow flats produced the best for snook and slot reds. The trout and flounder were a little harder to find than usual, but we were too busy with snook to really mind anyways.

Mid September was tough to fish. All the snook and redfish action turned off like a light switch. Trout started to become more active, but it wasn’t as good as it had been in the past. We really had to do some hunting to get some trout. The key to success was fish slower than death. The water was really murky (still is) and the fish had some trouble finding the bait. Mullet weren’t running like they were in the past weeks. I hugged the docks and was able to find some BIG gator trout on occasion (4-6lbs) but there wasn’t a lot of action from the smaller fish like I usually like. Most trout that were landed were between the 3-6lb range which made the effort worth it.

Late September, around a week and a half ago, I get a call from my brother who is slaying snook. A huge mullet run started and there was snook everywhere along with some tarpon mixed in. This run lasted about a week. I will say that not as many snook were landed as should have been, because of their interest in live finger mullet verses plastics. This made the run a little difficult to fish since I am solely an artificial guy. I did setup with live bait and had much better results, but when there is hundreds of thousands of mullet running, big fish tend not to work as hard to find bait. The mullet run has continued in certain spots of the IRL, but I have changed gears and went after flounder. The flounder fishing around docks has been really good and yielded some big fish.

I am going to give you an October preview as well. On Sunday, we get our first bit of cool weather for the year. As you may already know this will drive the fish into a feeding mode, especially redfish. There should be some big bulls on the prowl within the next week.

I am going to fish Tampa Bay this weekend with my Wade Fishing Florida's Gulf guide. I will include that fishing report as well on my next weekly report.

“Indian River” Joel 321-402-9881 - Surf Guru - Surf Guru
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